The expedition will explore the decaying wreck of the legendary Titanic – Earth – Science and Technology

The Titanic is falling apart. The legendary ocean liner, subdued by a glacier, is slowly succumbing to submarine bacteria.

The wreck is full of holes, the viewing platform on the main mast has already disappeared and the iconic railing on the ship’s bow can collapse at any moment, writes the AP agency.

An expedition from a reconnaissance company sailed to the wreck to check the deteriorating condition of the sunken vessel. Experts hope that they will be able to find out more about the ship, as well as the underwater ecosystems that are forming in similar places.

“The ocean is taking the ship, and we need to see it all break down or become unrecognizable,” said Stockton Rush, chairman of the research firm. OceanGate Expeditions.

The more than 109-year-old ocean liner destroys deep-sea currents and bacteria that absorb hundreds of kilograms of iron a day. Some experts predict that the ship will completely disintegrate within a few decades. Its hull is already driven through holes and parts of the vessel are in disrepair.

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Since 1985, when the wreck was discovered, a 30-meter mast has collapsed. The observation deck, from which the patrol shouted “There is a glacier in front of us!”, Shattered. The aft deck, where passengers had gathered in the final moments before the sinking, collapsed under its own weight. The gym near the main staircase has broken down.

OceanGate has equipped its carbon fiber and titanium research submarine with high-resolution cameras and powerful sonar, Rush said. Recording the decay will help scientists predict the fate of other deep wrecks, including those that sank during the fighting of both world wars.

The company also plans to document underwater life on site, such as crabs and corals.

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The expedition will also focus on the debris and artifacts around the wreck. OceanGate adviser David Concannon, who has traveled to the Titanic on several expeditions, says that once every two kilometers he followed a series of tracks made up of “light debris and smaller personal items such as shoes and suitcases.” The expedition will be joined by archaeologists and biologists specializing in underwater life. But OceanGate also took about 40 people on the expedition, who paid for the trip. They will take turns operating the sonar and performing other tasks.

It is their money that enables the expedition. Tourists paid $ 100,000 to $ 150,000 for the ticket. “Some people will pay $ 28 million to travel into space with Blue Origin (the company of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos), not even to the moon,” said Renata Rojas, 53, of Hobokene, New Jersey. “In comparison, this is cheap,” he adds.

Rojas fell in love with the Titanic as a child and later began to study oceanography with the hope that one day she would discover the lost wreck. However, the ship was found in the same year, so she eventually embarked on a career in banking. “Somehow I have to see it with my own eyes to believe that it’s really real,” says Rojas.

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Titanic historian Bill Sauder, who was previously responsible for research at a company that owns the right to pick up parts of the wreck from the seabed, doubts the expedition will find anything “worthy of a newspaper front page.” But it will help the world understand the layout of the wreckage and debris in the area. For example, he himself would like to confirm the assumption about where the dog pens are.

OceanGate won’t pick anything up from the ocean floor. This makes this expedition a little less controversial than a research trip by another company, which originally wanted to get Titanic radio from the bottom.

RMS Titanic, which has the sole right to pick up parts of the wreck, wanted to expose the ship’s radio equipment because it sent an emergency call to Titanic. However, last year the proposal provoked legal disputes with the US government, according to which the expedition would violate federal laws and the agreement with Britain to keep the wreck, which is also a burial ground, in its original state.

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The Titanic wreck in 1912 killed approximately 1,500 people out of a total of 2,200 passengers and crew on board.

Litigation between RMS Titanic and the United States was settled when the company postponed its plans indefinitely due to the covid pandemic.

Ed Kamuda, chairman of the historic Titanic Society, said in 2003 that human activity, including tourism and expeditions around the wreck, must be curtailed. According to him, the place should simply be left to its fate and remain a marine monument.

“Let nature take what belongs to it. It’s only a matter of time before it becomes a brown spot and a pile of pig iron on the ocean floor, “he said.


Source: Pravda.sk – Veda a technika by vat.pravda.sk.

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